Comedian Hasan Minhaj Tapped as Host for White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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The White House Correspondents’ Association has tapped Hasan Minhaj, a Daily Show correspondent and comedian, as the entertainer for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the association’s president announced Tuesday.


“I am thrilled that Hasan will serve as our featured entertainer at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” WHCA president and Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason said in a statement. “Hasan’s smarts, big heart and passion for press freedom make him the perfect fit for our event, which will be focused on the First Amendment and the importance of a robust and independent media.”

Of course, Donald Trump and the White House staff aren’t planning to attend this year’s dinner because he’s afraid to get roasted to smithereens. But you know, fake news, blah blah blah.


“It is a tremendous honor to be a part of such a historic event even though the president has chosen not to attend this year. SAD!” Minhaj said in a statement. “Now more than ever, it is vital that we honor the First Amendment and the freedom of the press.”

The Trumpless dinner will be held April 29 at the Hilton in Washington, D.C.

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Say what you will about Bush, at least he was there when Colbert cracked jokes at him. At least he was an adult about it.